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Rising methane: is warming feeding warming?

Discussion meeting


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Euan Nisbet, Professor Ute Skiba and Dr Anna Jones.

The Royal Society, London

Atmospheric methane is rising rapidly. The rise is making it more difficult to reach the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. But the reasons for methane’s growth and concurrent isotopic shift are unclear: sources may be increasing, sinks may be declining, or both processes taking place. Is this a climate change impact? Is the warming feeding the warming?

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies will be available shortly. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advance registration essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Schedule of talks

05 October


Session 1

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Professor Euan Nisbet, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

08:50-09:00 Welcome

Professor Euan Nisbet, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

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09:00-09:30 The State of Methane

Dr Ed Dlugokencky, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration, USA

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Closing the Global Budget

10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Atmospheric sinks of methane

Dr Steve Montzka

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 The satellite view on local and global methane

Professor Sander Houweling, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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12:15-12:30 Discussion




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13:30-14:00 Quantifying regional CH4 emissions using satellite, surface and aircraft measurements and inverse modelling

Dr Anita Ganesan, Bristol University, UK

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14:00-14:10 Discussion

14:10-14:40 Were European methane emissions affected by the 2018 drought?

Dr Rona Thompson, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway

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14:40-14:50 Discussion

14:50-15:20 Tea

15:20-15:50 The isotopic insight

15:50-16:00 Discussion

16:00-16:30 Methane in the Arctic, present and future

16:30-16:50 Forest methane sources

Professor Vincent Gauci, University of Birmingham, UK

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16:50-17:00 Discussion

06 October


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Professor Ute Skiba, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK

09:00-09:30 Spatio-temporal dynamics of methane emissions in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Doctor Carole Helfter, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK

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09:30-09:40 Discussion

09:40-10:10 Landfills & urban sources

10:10-10:40 Methane from fires

10:40-10:50 Discussion

10:50-11:10 Coffee

11:10-11:40 Agricultural methane emissions

Professor Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen

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11:40-11:50 Discussion

11:50-12:20 Livestock emissions: pathways and practices consistent with the Paris Agreement

Andy Reisinger, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, New Zealand

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12:20-12:30 Discussion




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Professor John Pyle CBE FRS, University of Cambridge, UK

13:30-14:00 Methane from the fossil fuel industry

14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Methane mitigation and atmospheric restoration

Professor Rob Jackson, Standford University, USA

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:20-15:50 Can the use of multiple tracers solve the global methane budget?

Professor Martin Manning, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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15:50-16:00 Discussion

16:00-16:30 Methane & the Paris Agreement

16:30-17:00 Panel discussion/overview convenors and speakers

Rising methane: is warming feeding warming?

5 – 6 October 2020

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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